— 31st  Annual Caregivers Conference – Caregiving: Creating Moments of Joy by Northern Virginia Dementia Care Consortium Members     Friday, November 10th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Korean Central Presbyterian Church 15451 Lee Highway, Centerville, VA 20121   Please join us for our 31st Annual Caregivers Conference! Creating Moments of Joy. This year’s speakers include: Jolene Brackey, Founder, Enhanced Moments, who specializes in creating positive outcomes and moments of joy for the individuals with the disease, their loved ones, and professional caregivers. …

— In 2010, AARP Arkansas helped initiate creation of the Arkansas Silver Alert—a system that mobilizes searches for lost adults with Alzheimer’s disease and similar cognitive disorders. Silver Alerts are based on the same concept of immediately alerting and disseminating information statewide through various  media outlets as the Amber Alert for missing children. Silver Alerts use a wide array of media outlets—such as commercial radio stations, television stations, and cable TV—to broadcast information about missing persons. Silver Alerts also use variable-message signs on roadways …

— You did it! With a little over half of the year behind us, I want to reflect on the legislative success made possible by AARP volunteers like you.  Dozens of volunteers met with elected officials, while thousands of home-based activists sent important e-mails and made calls.  Volunteers even staffed community events, talked to the public about the issues at stake and convinced many to sign petitions to elected officials.  Even more boldy, some volunteers told their personal stories in videos, helping …

—   Alzheimer’s robbed my mother of her identity, and gifted me with a new one: caregiver. I never wanted to be a caregiver – I don’t know that anyone does – but I accepted this new role and what it meant for my relationship with my mother and struggled from the very start. I had to learn how to continue being me while taking care of someone who was no longer herself – someone who, through the years, would become …

— The Virgin Islands is a nature lover’s paradise, with mountains, beaches and lush vegetation. But the terrain can be dangerous for people with dementia or cognitive impairments if they lose their way outdoors. AARP Virgin Islands fought successfully for a new law that alerts government agencies if someone with dementia is reported missing. Similar to Amber Alert programs for missing children, the Silver Alert system expedites the response when a person with a mental impairment goes missing. Some 90 percent …

— Former television news anchor Diane Ako writes about her life as a mother, wife and caregiver to her mother, who is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s, in her “Peace of Mind” blog This was the first year Mother’s Day was hard for me, and this feeling takes me by surprise. When I go to see her, I’m usually chirpy and full of updates – which will never be understood but make me feel better to put out there. This year, …

— Papakolea’s Adrienne Dillard is one of ten finalists for AARP AAPI Community Hero Awards Contest and needs votes on Facebook to become one of the top three winners. Dillard, the executive director of Kula no na Po‘e Hawaii, was nominated for her efforts to build an age- and dementia-friendly community across generations in the Hawaiian Home Lands community of Papakolea on Oahu. The Kawaihonaakealoa – Papakolea’s Elder Service Project – supports kupuna by providing services that will allow them to …

— This week North Carolina budget leaders head behind closed doors to negotiate differences between the State House and Senate versions of the budget.  While the budget negotiations won’t be a shootout in the old west for now, several budget items will need to be negotiated before both chambers can approve a plan that must then be sent to the Governor for final approval before June 30th. Aging To better address the needs of our aging population, the House budget recommends …

— Strategies for improving brain health, coping with dementia and what to do when a loved one is hospitalized are part of a free workshop for caregivers at the University of Hawaii Maui College on July 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. “Caring for family is a tough job and education and training is a way to ease the stress of caregiving,” said Barbara Kim Stanton, state director for AARP Hawaii. People thinking about their future needs, caregivers and family members …

— One question we often hear from patients is related to genetic testing for “the Alzheimer’s gene.” I’d like to take this opportunity to talk a little about genes, genetic testing and Alzheimer’s. There are a handful of known mutated genes that can be passed from parent to child that cause early onset, “dominantly inherited” Alzheimer’s disease. People may wonder if this gene runs in their family, and wonder if they should be genetically tested for it. But, the families who …